Biography

An observational lyricism and muscular sense of tension and release lie at the centre of Protomartyr's music. The environmental and economic conditions of their hometown of Detroit are a frequent source of inspiration for vocalist Joe Casey - themes that are expanded and extended to create an atmosphere of universal reckoning, driven forward by the intensity with which his bandmates approach their instruments. The results are dynamic, urgent and contemporary. A series of recordings that are equally dense and rewarding.

Latest Release

Protomartyr Formal Growth In The Desert

Album | 2nd June 2023

Since their 2012 debut, Protomartyr have mastered the art of evoking place: the grinding Midwest humility of their hometown, as well as the x-rayed elucidation of America that comes with their vantage. The group’s sixth album was recorded at Sonic Ranch in Tornillo, TX with producer Jake Aron. “The desert is more of a metaphor or symbol,” singer Joe Casey says, “of emotional deserts, or a place or time that seems to lack life.” The “growth” came from a period of colossal transition for Casey, including the death of his mother. But life does go on, and Casey describes the great theme of Formal Growth In The Desert as an embrace and acknowledgment of that fact: a 12-song testament to “getting on with life,” even when it feels impossibly hard.

Latest Release

Protomartyr Formal Growth In The Desert

Album | 2nd June 2023

Album Description

Since their 2012 debut, Protomartyr have mastered the art of evoking place: the grinding Midwest humility of their hometown, as well as the x-rayed elucidation of America that comes with their vantage. The group’s sixth album was recorded at Sonic Ranch in Tornillo, TX with producer Jake Aron. “The desert is more of a metaphor or symbol,” singer Joe Casey says, “of emotional deserts, or a place or time that seems to lack life.” The “growth” came from a period of colossal transition for Casey, including the death of his mother. But life does go on, and Casey describes the great theme of Formal Growth In The Desert as an embrace and acknowledgment of that fact: a 12-song testament to “getting on with life,” even when it feels impossibly hard.

Tracklisting

  • 1Make Way
  • 2For Tomorrow
  • 3Elimination Dances
  • 4Fun In Hi Skool
  • 5Let's Tip the Creator
  • 6Graft Vs. Host
  • 73800 Tigers
  • 8Polacrilex Kid
  • 9Fulfillment Center
  • 10We Know the Rats
  • 11The Author
  • 12Rain Garden
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Live Dates

  • Wednesday 6th March - Saturday 9th MarchFronton Bucareli, Mexico City, Mexico Buy Tickets
  • Wednesday 6th MarchRadio East, Austin, US Buy Tickets